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British Gypsum Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  1. "BG today"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Estate Manager in East Leake, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Estate Manager in East Leake, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Gypsum full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Caring company
    Good ethical code of conduct
    Many opportunities
    Does WCM fantastically

    Cons

    Links to Saint Gobain not perfect
    Company car fuel payments poor
    Money purchase pension


  2. "A new world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Gypsum full-time

    Pros

    This is currently one of the safest places I have ever worked. We have lots of policies and directions to follow but overall things do get better year after year. For me in term of working for BG i'm relatively short time served at less than 20 years. We have most people here on both shop floor and management that have completed 25 years up to 40 plus years so for me that says a lot about any company. As long as you can adapt to a modern work place you can pretty much say you have a job for life, not so many of those jobs about anymore. There is a lot of flexibility as well with day and shift jobs and if you do have the drive and determination future managers are always a resource the company will need. All in all I would recommend a life in BG based on the rewards you get for working with the company. At the end of the day you get out of bed to earn a living and if you can earn it in a safe and happy place whats stopping you.

    Cons

    Can be to many initiatives all happening at the same time, its better now but just sometimes you have to wonder where people come up with things. I guess some of the pros can also be cons as people think there is to much safety, to many rules, but things have changed significantly since I started with the company and to be fair there is always a downside to working for anyone, but I don't think the downside here get even close to out weighing plus side.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better between yourselves as far to often your not the message sent out is different from department to department and try to remember there is other things on site that don't just make plasterboard.


  3. "Review from a Project Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in East Leake, England (UK)
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in East Leake, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Gypsum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Friendly environment
    - Great focus on Health and Safety
    - Rich training program for new starters

    Cons

    - Salaries not in line with the industry
    - Little prospect for career progression within the department (Cross department or inter company mobility required)
    - Very political

    Advice to Management

    Work should be done to revalue technical positions within the company. The lack of career prospects for staff with a technical background is appalling and does not motivate staff to remain in the department and be fulfilled.


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  5. "Great people, great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operative in Kirkby Thore, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operative in Kirkby Thore, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Gypsum full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great company to work for, genuine concern for health and safety of their employees, from day one you are made to feel welcome by everyone, good family values, great benefits and career opportunities. I would recommend working at British Gypsum / Saint-Gobain to anyone.

    Cons

    Just gutted I didn't start working here sooner.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing with regards your approach to employees. Certainly at my site there is a real can do attitude and a positivity that I witnessed being dwindled away by poor management at my previous company. Thank you.


  6. "Wealth of Experience in the Business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Leake, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Leake, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Gypsum full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a new graduate, it’s always good to be given real responsibility from day one and being able to feel like you are making an impact to the company at an early stage in your career. One thing that makes British Gypsum stand out is the wealth of experienced people that are around you on a daily basis and being able to learn from them. Being a part of Saint-Gobain, I have realised that there are various career opportunities within the business worldwide (have met many people that have moved from one business to another within Saint-Gobain).

    Cons

    Even though it’s a very big organisation (you realise this once you start working here), it’s not known to many people outside of the construction industry.


  7. "Great Place to Build a Career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Leake, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Leake, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I have been working at British Gypsum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    British Gypsum has provided me with a number of great experiences. I joined the business as a graduate, and straight away was given opportunities to make a real impact by taking ownership of real projects. Both back then, and even now in my current role, there have always been people around to provide support whenever I have needed it, and to help me develop my skills whilst building a career.

    Cons

    As it is such a big organisation employing so many people, sometimes key decisions can take longer than people might like them to. Although it is encouraged, it can be difficult to bring new ideas to the table and see them implemented due to the sheer number of people that would need to be involved, and the number of procedures that would have to be followed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to put effort into developing people, and always be open to new ideas and ways of thinking.


  8. "Supportive, challenging, varied"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Gypsum full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities within a broad range of functions, with support for growth and movement of the employee if desired. Great opportunities within sister businesses, too.

    Cons

    Some areas of the business can be slower and less supportive than others, wages are not the highest but are generally competitive especially when the positive culture and work environment is considered.

    Advice to Management

    Keep challenging, supporting and providing feedback. This strategy is extremely positive if done well, and it can only be done well with practise!


  9. "British Gypsum a GREAT PLACE!!!! to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Leake, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Leake, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Gypsum (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people ,everyday is different ,big company with family values.
    They support you on your journey and put your future in your hands if you're willing to work hard you will get the opportunities.

    Cons

    Salary could be better in my role

    Advice to Management

    Value the staff you have share good practice around all departments

    British Gypsum Response

    Jul 20, 2016 – Communications and Engagement Manager

    Thanks for the feedback. We’re committed to investing in our team to ensure we build an enjoyable, inspiring place to work so it’s great to know that’s recognised. All feedback is appreciated so ... More


  10. "Kirkby Thore 12 Years and counting!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkby Thore, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkby Thore, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can have a lifelong and continually challenging career. I am in my 12th year and am classed as relatively new - that says something in itself about the company! The team spirit is fantastic and we welcome new talent into the business with open arms. Kirkby Thore which is only 10 miles from the Lake District is also a fantastic part of the world to live in.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is the geographical location of the other Plants and the distance to travel between. Obviously we are spread out in order to serve customers across the UK. This on the plus side though means you can relocate to a different job in a different part of the country and the opportunities are endless.


  11. "Create your own career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Leake, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Leake, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at British Gypsum full-time

    Pros

    Enjoy a challenge. Make a difference. Contribute. Be recognised. An established company that has ambition and drive. People join and stay for varied and interesting careers. I did. I do.

    Cons

    Don't expect a career on a plate - but why should you.. you have to work hard to shine above a very capable team.


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